Book Review – The Moth and Moon by Glenn Quigley

First published, 2018

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Completely gorgeous. I took a little longer reading this book than I usually would because – frankly, I was luxuriating in the language and I loved it too much to finish.

The characters feel authentic, the story is compelling and beautifully written. The author’s voice is strong, delicate, addictive. I am totally in love with this story and I need more.

Set in 1780, The Moth and Moon is the story of Robin Shipp, a burly fisherman, and the residents of Blashy Cove, during a terrible hurricane. Robin is shunned by much of the village, due to rumours which have circulated for many years with regard to his late father. Even though Robin has a kind heart and a caring, considerate manner, the other villagers seem quite sure that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree and as such, view him with suspicion.

What is quite glorious about this is that is has nothing to do with his sexuality. Where the story is set, on the tiny island of Merryapple, separate from the mainland and its attitudes, same-sex relationships cause no greater flutter of scandal than heterosexual relationships. I really loved that as a concept.

The bond which develops between Robin and Edwin is satisfyingly sweet, and just gorgeous. I adore the character-driven novel and this does not disappoint. There are plenty to laugh with, cry with, sympathise and stew over.

The descriptive power of the author is immense. I don’t lose myself all that often; something in my house will distract me, at least momentarily, from what I’m reading. Not so, with The Moon and Moth. I could smell the sea. I could see every inch of the pub and the storm-wrecked streets. I could feel the rain and wreckage in the air.

Loved, loved, loved this novel.